Thursday, July 17, 2014

Nocturnal Leg Cramps & Magnesium

Periodically I have been plagued with those nagging nocturnal leg cramps.
They get so bad that I have to get out of bad and stand on the offending leg
until the cramping ceases.
Two nights ago I barely slept at all due to those monsters occurring
just about every hour - and in BOTH legs simultaneously.
Mind you, I have a banana every morning with my breakfast smoothie,
and I have been drinking quinine, as I heard that that helped.
(Oh and I had also tried the old wive's tail of putting a bar of soap under my bed sheet!
I was desperate!!!)

So, bright and early yesterday morning I messaged my wise friend BJ Reed.
We've known eachother for years through the art quilt arena,
but we have also connected through
BJ is a Vegan and helps others along the Vegan path of life.
I knew she would have some answers for me.
She was on her way out the door, 
but she kindly shared that she takes Triple Magnesium for leg cramps.
I did a little research and learned that magnesium can be found in 
 dark leafy greens, lentils, nuts, and more.
So, I quickly made up a wonderful cold lentil salad
nibbled on five almonds,
and steamed some spinach for dinner.

I'm happy to report that it did the trick!!!

I hope that this will help someone else out there in blog land,
because nocturnal leg cramps are no fun!

Thanks for popping by!

Peace to you and yours!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Summer Knits and Sews

Summertime, and the knitting is easy!
I'm having the best time knitting away on my 
Sunburst Shawl, designed by Sarah Punderson.
(more info is here)
It's a fun knit and Sarah's directions are very easy to follow.
I think I have about 10 more rows to knit,
but as you can see, they are looooong rows.
I will miss it when it is finished,
so I'm looking at new shawl patterns now!
(Sarah has some beauties!)

Here are my Opal socks:

……just a couple of detail shots of the beautiful yarn.
I'm almost ready to turn the heals,
but my Sunburst has really taken the front row seat!

I've finished a really fun sew session for our granddaughter Maggie.

I've used this pattern from Purl Soho for the gathered top,
and this pattern from Dana Made It for the diaper cover.
I can't wait to see this on Mags.

I really like the gathered top instructions -
very nice French seams on the sides and a lot of edge stitching,
makes for a neat and tidy piece.

You can see a bit of the detail here.

The fabric is seersucker, which I always love for summer!

Now for a bit of a switch in gears,
my new taste treat is this:

Do you like Chai Tea?
I hadn't tried it until recently, and I'm now addicted!
A huge treat for me is a Chai Latte from Starbucks,
but when I'm not near a Starbucks, I can mix this up!

Last Monday, our CSA basket looked like this:

The corn is outstanding!  So sweet and fresh.
We enjoyed a spaghetti squash au gratin the other night,
and of course roasted carrots!
These were also included:

I just love beautiful summer flowers, don't you!!

What are you up to this summer?  Do tell!!!

Have a great weekend.
Thanks for popping in!

Peace to you and yours!

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Happy July 4th!

Happy July 4th Everybody!!
I suppose I should open this post with a photo of fireworks,
but you'll just have to use your imagination!
Are you planning some wonderful festivities?
We are going to a great party
-it's a tradition -
at the home of some friends
who happen to live right across the lake from 
our town's July 4th fireworks venue.
How lucky are we????
It's a great party,
and I can hardly wait!!

So, I promised you photos of my Lineal Cardigan.
Here are just a few

I am the resident photographer around here,
so, you'll have to make do with the dress form!

The cardigan is really comfortable,
and the best part is that you can wash it in the machine (it's linen)
and partially dry it in the dryer!

I'm moving right along on my latest knitting addiction:
designed by Sarah Punderson.
I finished the lovely Alsatian Scallop border yesterday
and have now started knitting the body!
It is so addictive!
can you tell I'm excited??????

Here's a detail shot of the scalloped edging

……and here's how it looked before I started the body.

I'm knitting it with Madeline Tosh tosh dk -
and it is a very soft and lovely yarn!

And - last but not least -
I actually made it out to the dye studio today!
I'm playing around with some disperse dyes
and here are a few of my first results:

the heel of the iron hit the unforgiving polyester fabric
uh oh!!!

once again, the iron had it's way with the fabric!!

Hope you have a happy and SAFE July 4th holiday!

Thanks for popping in!

Peace to you and yours!!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Prayer Flags, Knitting, & Great Reads

I had the great pleasure of volunteering at
our church's Vacation Bible School this past week.
It was, as always, a fantastic experience.
It's hard work,
but I always gain lots more than I give.

have been an interest of mine,
so I offered to lead the kids (75 in all!)
in making an easy version of these.
We used paper, wallpaper paste,
magazines, tissue paper, and glitter -
LOTS of glitter!
(I spent about an hour vacuuming glitter out of the carpet on Monday afternoon!)
We left them to dry until Thursday morning,
and then we punched holes in the upper corners,
and each class strung their's together.
They were then hung in our Parish Hall.
Here are a few pics of the kids 
finishing up their prayer flags.

They were so proud to carry them down the hall to the Parish Hall,
and hang them.

A selfie of me and the adorable granddaughter of one of my good friends:

I also managed to finish a couple of knitting projects this week!
The cotton socks for Cat are now completed!

These guys were a real test of patience!
The yarn, Cascade's Fixation,
is cotton with elastic added.
I'm not real keen on knitting with it.
On top of that, I somehow messed up when adding the ripcord
on the afterthought heel - on both socks!
So, I had to rip back down to the heel on both socks
install a new ripcord, knit back up to the cuff,
bind off, and then knit new afterthought heels.
But they are finished now!!!

I also finished my Lineal Cardigan -
but it is blocking right now,
so I have no pic for you.
I'll try to add one later this week.
I'm intending to wear it tomorrow to church.
It's linen and I love it!
I learned how to weave in the ends of the linen yarn
using the duplicate stitch on the reverse (purl) side of the cardi,
and that was a positive experience.

I'm now busy at work on a new shawl!
This is called Sunburst and it was designed by Sarah Punderson.
Below is a trial swatch.

I'll show you more in the weeks to come, don't worry!
I'm knitting it in the lovely Madelinetosh Tosh dk.

I also cast on two new vanilla socks:

These are knit with Opal yarn in the wonderful
so very much fun,
as the colors and patterns keep changing as you knit up the foot and leg!
more photos of these to come too!!!

Books, books, books:
I've now listened to Anne Lamott's "Grace Eventually" twice
via Audible on my iPhone.
Anne reads it and it is wonderful:
so full of inspiration!
I loved it so much I had to purchase the hard back edition!
The wonderful Jeannie has gifted me with some real treasures.
edited by Ann Hood.
It is full of wonderful short stories about knitting -
a great before bed read.
I've also read that one twice!
Jeannie also sent me
"Quilters" by Jo Packham.
It is chock full of eye candy, has access to many quilting designs,
and tells the story of many quilt artists.
I read it at night before bed, and have the sweetest
and most colorful dreams! 

So that's it for today my friends -
just wanted you to know I was thinking of you!
Hope you have a happy weekend and
a wonderful and safe July 4th,
if I'm not back with you before then.

thanks for stopping by!

peace to you and yours!

Saturday, June 14, 2014


In an effort to destash,
I decided to make myself some drawstring bags.

This is beautiful fabric that I dyed
in a Shibori class taught by

I lined the bag with some other of my hand-dyed fabrics.

This bag is large enough to hold a
good-sized knitting project,
such as the sweater which is currently residing inside.

The drawstring bag obsession actually began here:

I wanted to make a wine bag
as we were dining with friends
and bringing a bottle of wine.
While I like this fabric,
I think the bag needs to be a bit taller.
(I used my gelli print plate to decorate this piece.)

So, then I made this bag

out of some fabric that I dyed a few weeks back.
It's only about an inch taller, 
but I like it better.
Also, the fabric is a finer weave,
so it isn't quite so stiff.

I like the look of the handmade drawstrings
better than the ribbons,
so I will concentrate on making those as well
in the future.

I've gone through my stash,
and have found lots more fabrics
that will soon become bags.


Thanks for stopping by.

Hope you are having a great weekend!

Peace to you and yours!

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Knitting, Eating & Sewing my way through Atlanta!

Life is crazy busy around these parts….
as I'm sure it is for you in your corner of the world as well!
I try to get out to garden early in the morning,
when it's still cool,
but that doesn't always happen.
I take a midmorning exercise class at the gym,
which I adore…..
and then it's home to be creative in one form or another….
or spend precious time with my grand cherubs,
or whatever else calls my name!

Life is good….
and I am certainly NOT complaining!

I finally have a pic of Maggie in her 
Ice Cream Dress (see 2 posts ago):

pardon the pink leggings - we were just trying it on for size!
At 18 months, she doesn't pose for pictures!
But the dress is a big hit!!
…..and I so enjoyed making it for her!

I am having a blast working on a very small piece

lots of hand stitching using my hand-dyed flosses
 on this one.
You may detect a slight Cas Holmes influence here!
Makes me smile!

I have three projects going in my knitting bag 
at the present.
The most exciting one is
Hannah Fettig's Lineal Cardigan,
a pattern from her Knitbot Linen book.

It's slow-going on this beautiful Quinceandco linen yarn
on size 3 needles,
but I just love it!
I wish I could devote all of my time to it!

We are in the process of eating our way through Atlanta
this weekend!!  LOL
Last night we enjoyed the fabulous
Lobster and Scallop Tacos at our favorite Metrofresh.
Mitchell told us that he is thinking of 
making every Friday night Taco Night this summer.
Works for me!!
This morning we trekked down to
in Grant Park.
I enjoyed a fruit galette and an iced chai latte,
while C had a ham and cheese croissant and coffee.

My most recent listening pleasures:
While gardening, I often enjoy the peace and quiet
of our yard, listening to the buzzing of the bees, and the
calling of the birds.  But when my neighbors' blowers
 and weed eaters begin to whine, 
I turn on Audible and listen to books.
Lately I've enjoyed: 
Sue Monk Kidd's new book "The Invention of Wings", 
Elizabeth Warrens "A Fighting Chance", 
Christine Kline's "Orphan Train", 
and I'm almost finished with
Cheryl Strayed's "Wild"
I'm also enjoying reading "Knitting Yarns",
a gift from dear Jeannie.
I would highly recommend ALL of these.
What have you been reading???

We went to see "Cowgirls"
at the Horizon Theater this afternoon.
What a GREAT show!
It runs through June 29th,
so there's still time for you to see it!

Hope you have a great weekend.

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace to you and yours.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Just in case……..

you thought I was missing in action


you missed my FB post this AM,

I'll post it again here and now:

The berry best way I know to destem a strawberry is 
to stick a STRAW
through its middle
from the pointy bottom
to the tippity top stem:

It's amazing to me how the cute little stem
just pops off,
and the white pithy center remains
in the straw!

I must credit my dear hubster 
with this bit of info!

Thanks for popping in!
Have a fabulous weekend!
Be kind and sweet to whomever you meet!